Author: Raine O’Tierney
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 3.25 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 12/19/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Last Christmas, Tyler Lang accidentally accepted David Griffith’s invitation for dinner. Yes, it was an accident. See, hipster (don’t call him that!) Tyler doesn’t date guys, and even if he did, he certainly doesn’t date jocks. A rude and hasty exit right when the date was getting good left things awkward between them.
David Griffith isn’t really a jock. Well, he’s a former athlete who loves sports, but “jock” has a certain connotation that doesn’t quite fit the intelligent, hardworking store owner. A jock wouldn’t have given Tyler Lang the time of day. But even after that little, ahem, stunt with the fire escape, David can’t stop thinking about the hipster a year later. Which would be fine if fate didn’t keep butting her nose into their business, making it impossible for the jock and the hipster to avoid each other this Christmas.
A hilarious holiday romp, set to the music of the Winter Sounds.
I have not read the first book in this series, but there was enough recap during the book that I don’t think I missed out.
I found this totally a book of two halves, half of which was frustrating and at times annoying, and half was touching and romantic. When we meet Tyler he’s lost his job, and his twin brother and his boyfriend (who are also his roommates) have decided to move out. Tyler’s language is peppered with what I suppose are meant to be hipster colloquialisms, and he and his brother are at loggerheads all the time – I think Tyler is 24/25 but at times he reads like he’s 16. And while this may have been the intention of the author it was incredibly irritating. David initially seemed, dim and rather emotionally clueless- why would he pursue someone so assiduously who was scared of his attraction ? So Tyler and David bump around each other, as their lives become entangled, gradually getting closer and more intimate , until David is summoned home by his father. it was at this point that the book changed for me, and became enjoyable, and made some good points about the nature of relationships, communication and individual identity.
Running in parallel to Tyler and David getting to know each other, is his twin Averell proposing to his boyfriend Crowley, and their lack of communication.
I felt that the author tried too hard initially to get a hipster feel to Tyler in terms of his language and behavior, and once he was allowed to ‘be’ the book flowed so much better, but it did take awhile for this to happen for me, however once it did it was enjoyable.
There is a great scene in the later stages of the book where Tyler debates how he should behave now he’s David’s boyfriend , and the soundtrack to the book is also great, I admit to making a playlist of the Winter Sounds.
Overall this was a fun read, very seasonal as well.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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